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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Bobby Parnell progressing as planned

By on 9/02/2014 06:00:00 AM

The New York Mets fell to 64-74 on the season following a 9-6 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday. With 24 games left in the season, the Mets are struggling to stay out of last place in the National League East. A glimmer of hope for next season is the pitching staff, which is 11th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 3.57. One pitcher who hopes to return to bolster the bullpen in 2015 is reliever Bobby Parnell, who is progressing as scheduled in his return from elbow surgery.

As reported by Nick Walsh of SBNation, Parnell had Tommy John surgery in April and although progressing as planned, will not be throwing off a mound for another four months. This is not much of a surprise, considering that the Mets would not allow Matt Harvey to throw off a mound for nine months following his surgery.

It's good to know for the Mets' organization and their fans that Parnell is on the right track to be ready for next season. But it's unclear whether or not he'll be the closer, with the emergence of Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia at the back-end of the bullpen. .

Parnell was drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2005 amateur draft. He had 13 saves combined in 2011 and 2012 before taking over as the closer last season. In 49 games, Parnell had 22 saves and a 2.16 ERA. He allowed only 38 hits and 12 walks in 50 innings, while striking out 44. In 299 career games, Parnell has a record of 18-24 with 36 saves and a 3.57 ERA.

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